Embracing imperfection 3

  • “The farther a man knows himself to be from perfection, the nearer he is to it.” – Gerard Groote

Another installment in the sub-theme of imperfection. Count of Seth Godin to provide further fodder with his piece Abandoning perfection:

  • “It’s possible you work in an industry built on perfect. That you’re a scrub nurse in the OR, or an air traffic controller or even in charge of compliance at a nuclear power plant. The rest of us, though, are rewarded for breaking things. Our job, the reason we have time to read blogs at work or go to conferences or write memos is that our organization believes that just maybe, we’ll find and share a new idea, or maybe (continuing a run on sentence) we’ll invent something important, find a resource or connect with a key customer in a way that matters. So, if that’s your job, why are you so focused on perfect?”

As turns out, Scott King had a fashioned an entire philosophy out of abandoning perfection dubbed “Debrism”:

  • “It’s about the pursuit of perfectionism. It’s also about the notion of not being able to let go, being trapped in a cul-de-sac in search of The Masterpiece, and consequently producing nothing. So, I think Debrism might be more negative than punk, unless you embrace the act of non-production or incompletion as an art form, or unless you try to find art and purpose solely in the pursuit of ideas, with no obligation to ever make these ideas concrete or public.”

And a fitting close on the eve of Eid al-Fitr:

  • ·”Perfection belongs only to God, the rest of us make mistakes” – Islamic saying